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Baggage Shipping to Italy

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Italy is a wonderful travel destination full of history, culture, a rich heritage, beautiful scenery and amazing food and drink. It’s a perfect place to go for a cosmopolitan city break, a long relaxing holiday, an adventure holiday and even to live. With scorching temperatures in the summer months, it’s a beach and lake holiday hub. In the winter, when snow covers its mountains, it’s the place to be if you’re looking for an exhilarating ski holiday. In-between the peak seasons why not experience the real Italy by hiking or biking through its awe-inspiring countryside.

  1. Why Ship to Italy?
  2. Ways of Shipping to Italy
  3. Customs - Personal Effects Information
  4. Customs - Gifts Information
  5. What can I send to Italy? What items are restricted?
  6. Items excluded from cover
  7. About Italy


If sending to a ski resort please visit our ski shipping page for further information.
Duffles, holdalls, rucksacks and similar bags cannot currently be sent on this route, at present only suitcases and boxes can be accepted.
Shipments entering the Emilia-Romagna and Roma regions are only eligible for duty-free clearance by customs if sent due to a transfer of residence for study, marriage or work and the appropriate evidence of this is supplied. Shipments of passengers luggage to this region will otherwise normally incur duty charges between 30-50€ which must be paid by the receiver.
We are currently unable to offer services to Campione d'Italia, Livigno, Livorno or the Aosta Valley region.
Brexit: The UK has left the EU, find out what this means for shipping between the UK and Europe including information on customs and shipping food and cosmetics here.

Why Ship to Italy?

Whether you’re looking for a break away or hoping to relocate to Italy, you may find yourself needing some extra luggage. It can be expensive to lug around the heavy gear needed for an activity holiday, or to take over a large number of personal possessions. Send My Bag can help you avoid costly airline baggage charges.

Send My Bag can pick up your ski gear or your heavy hiking gear and deliver it to your accommodation in Italy. This means you don’t have to think about checking bags in at the airport or waiting at luggage carousels. Nor will you have to carry heavy items around with you if you take the train across Europe. There are many other items that we can ship for you, such as camping gear, bikes or golf clubs. We aim to make your travel experience pleasurable and take the lug out of luggage!

It's not just holidaymakers who need to transport several items to Italy. Many students choose to study in Italy for their full course or for just a term as part of a scheme like Erasmus. Or students might decide to spend their third year abroad teaching English in a school. Students will need to send several bags of their possessions to Italy in order to set up home abroad. This allows them to have many more of their things with them than if they only brought what they could check into the plane's hold (at considerable cost).

Ways of Shipping to Italy

If you are going to Italy for a skiing or golfing holiday, or if you are moving to Italy for work, you will need to transport items. You should look into the various options available for shipping to Italy. Some options will work better for you than others. There are several different options for international shipping to Italy. Here are some of them below:

Send Luggage to Italy

With Send My Bag you can send your luggage and boxes to Italy. You can save yourself a lot of stress and hassle by sending your possessions with Send My Bag. This will allow you to bring lots of your home comforts to make Italy feel a bit more like home. With your possessions taken care of, you can busy yourself with exploring your new surroundings. Send My Bag has numerous international routes, with great rates for each route, and you can pack up to 30 kg per item. To discover more about sending luggage to Italy, take a look at our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.

send golf clubs to Italy

Italy has lots of great golf clubs to choose from, such as Royal Park I Roveri, Biella and Castelconturbia. You can easily send golf clubs to Italy with Send My Bag. This will make your journey to Italy much more pleasant, since you won’t have to carry large golf bags with you or wait around at bag drop or luggage carousels. You will also avoid any oversized baggage fees from your airline. A game of golf is also so much more enjoyable if you are able to play using your own golf clubs, rather than borrowing some, so consider sending your golf clubs with Send My Bag. Make sure you find out more about how to send golf clubs and how best to parcel up your items.

Send skis to Italy

Part of the Alps is located in Italy, which means that Italy has numerous skiing opportunities, such as Monterosa, Sestriere and Cortina d’Ampezzo. You can send your skis with Send My Bag. This means you won’t need to use rented skis when you are there. It is easy to send your skis, just make sure they are packaged up well and visit Send My Bag to find out how to book a collection. Have a look at our ski shipping information to learn about how to package your skis for transit safely and in line with courier regulations.

Removals to Italy

If you moving to Italy to live there permanently or for a few years of work placements, you will have to look into international removals to Italy in order to transport all of your possessions. Before you have the movers take away your items, ensure that everything is carefully packaged so it won’t get damaged in transit. Use suitable packaging for your items and seal everything up well.

student shipping to italy

If moving to Italy to study, or for a third year abroad, you will need to bring lots of your things with you to help set up a home from home in your student accommodation. You will need textbooks for your course, or teaching materials if you are spending the year as a language assistant. And, you will need all the other everyday essentials, like clothes, CDs and DVDs. Top Italian universities you might decide to study at include Università di Bologna, Politecnico di Milano and Università di Roma. To find out more about student shipping to Italy visit our student shipping page and get your 10% student discount.

Sending a parcel to Italy

You can easily send a parcel to Italy with Send My Bag. This way, friends and family can send you care packages or gifts. Or if you have left something behind, they can put it in a box and send it to you in Italy. You can easily send parcels internationally to Italy with Send My Bag. Make sure you use an appropriate box when sending a parcel to Italy and secure it well with tape so nothing gets damaged in transit. Also make yourself aware of rules relating to personal effects and brand new items (see below). Find out more about how to send a parcel with Send My Bag and how to package your items.


Instead of sending parcels, baggage and luggage to Italy you could investigate the following options for shipping items internationally. These are more relevant if you need to send large, bulky items like a bookcase or a bed:


Air Freight to Italy

You could use air freight to send large items to Italy. It usually takes one to two days for items to be sent with air freight. It is a fast option but it can be expensive. The amount you pay depends on your shipment’s weight and its size. You will probably need to hire a customs agent to deal with customs clearance for you. And, you need to transport your items to and from the airport, somehow. Costs could, therefore, quickly add up. If you send internationally by air freight to Italy your items will likely arrive at one of the major airports, such as Rome Fiumicino Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport or Bergamo Airport.

Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Italy

You could decide instead to use sea freight or container shipping to transport your possessions to Italy. If you don’t need your items straightaway, this could be the option for you, especially if you need to send something like a sofa or a chest of drawers. This option can be cheaper than air freight, but you will still need to hire a customs agent to help with customs clearance and will need to get your items to and from the ports. Your items will most likely arrive at one of the major sea ports in Italy, such as the Port of Genoa, the Port of Naples or the Port of Venice.

Shipping Goods to Italy

You must make yourself aware of the current customs rules when shipping goods to Italy. You should take into account any customs duties that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to Italy, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Read on below to find out more in the section entitled ‘What can I send to Italy? What items are restricted?’


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Important Italy Customs Information

Customers are currently limited to a maximum declared value of 150€ / $100 AUD / $100 USD for shipments entering Italy in order to avoid delays with customs clearance and additional duty and taxes being applied.  The declared value is for customs purposes only and does not affect the level of Send My Bag Complimentary Cover selected at the time of booking.  Further information is available on our FAQ page.

Italian Passport Holders:

If the Italian Passport holder has been out of Italy due to Work/Study they will need to provide Send My Bag with their Passport, Proof of Entry into Italy dated within a year of the shipment's arrival (such as a flight ticket) and potentially a confirmation of their work/student enrolment letter & arrival stamp into the visited country if requested by Italian customs. Shipments are typically cleared within 24-48hrs of all documents being supplied and submitted.

If the Italian Passport holder has been out of Italy on Holiday or Vacation they will again need to provide Send My Bag with a copy of their Passport and Entry into Italy (both of which can be uploaded via your Send My Bag account). Shipments in this scenario can only be cleared upon the return of the consignee as dated on the proof of entry.

Non-Italian Passport Holders:

Non-Italian Passport holders will need to provide Send My Bag with their Passport and Proof of Entry dated within a year of the shipment's arrival (can be provided to us by logging into your account). If the consignee is visiting Italy for a holiday or vacation, their shipment can only be cleared duty-free within 1-2 days prior to their entry date to Italy as confirmed on their flight ticket. If relocating to Italy, the shipment can be sent up to three months prior to the arrival date, providing evidence of the consignee's job or studies in Italy is provided, along with their visa and Italian Fiscal code if held.

For consignees that do not have permanent residence in Italy, Send My Bag will apply for a “Temporary Fiscal Code” from the Italian customs service using an EORI submission which will allow shipments of Personal Effects to enter Italy duty-free. This process usually takes c. 5 days from the date that the shipment enters customs in Italy. Shipments can then be released as soon as an EORI code is generated. 

Unfortunately Send My Bag are unable to apply for an EORI Code for holders of EU Passports, therefore if you hold dual nationality we would recommend you provide any non-EU passport held.  For those who do not hold a non-EU passport, and therefore cannot obtain an EORI code, shipments will incur duty of around 30-50€ which will be billed upon delivery by the driver.

Since leaving the EU on 1st January 2021, UK passports are now considered non-EU and Send My Bag can apply for an EORI code.

If shipments are being delivered to a University or College location, customs may require a copy of the student's enrolment letter for duty-free clearance.

Sanitary Clearance

Please be aware that shipments containing foodstuffs, cosmetics, medications, or medical equipment will require sanitary clearance by Italian customs which the consignee will need to arrange with our courier partner by completing an additional form and paying them an additional fee of around 30-50€ (this is not covered by Send My Bag).  As sanitary clearance also involves the shipment being physically inspected by customs, additional delays of around one week can be expected.

General Customs Information

When shipping to Italy you need to be aware of the country’s customs processes and allowances. Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.

Personal effects are normally considered to be used items that have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. 

If you are sending Christmas gifts to Italy please make sure you are aware of potential customs duties, that you follow official advice and that you attach all necessary documentation.

Italy’s customs processes and allowances may be different to other countries you have previously sent items to. You should, therefore, take 5 minutes to check how your personal circumstances and what you are sending will be assessed under Italy’s customs regulations.

Once you have booked to send your baggage to Italy you will be taken to the customer area of our website. This is where you will be able to complete your packing list. You should print out two copies and attach them to your luggage. The packing list is a brief statement of the items to be found in your baggage or parcel, intended to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects. The list should be created in the format: "3 x DVDs, 3 x Jeans, 4 x Cotton Shirt", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Items".

When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 5 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.

In addition to these requirements, Send My Bag also prohibits the sending of items certain items, such as aerosols, liquids, money, weapons and other restricted or illegal products. More information can be found in our prohibited items sections further down this page. If you are unsure about any of the items you wish to send to Italy, our team of experts can advise you.

More information is available on our customs information page.

Shipping Gifts

Italian customs have a limit of €45 for shipments of gifts entering the country duty and tax free. Where shipments have a declared value exceeding €45, duty and taxes can be applied to the entire shipment's value.

If the receiver holds an Italian fiscal code (codice fiscale) this may be requested to complete customs clearance.

Please be aware that shipments containing foodstuffs, cosmetics, medications, or medical equipment will require sanitary clearance by Italian customs which the consignee will need to arrange with our courier partner by completing an additional form and paying them an additional fee of around 30-50€ (this is not covered by Send My Bag).  As sanitary clearance also involves the shipment being physically inspected by customs, additional delays of around one week can be expected.

If a gift shipment is being sent to a military base, then a copy of the ID or passport of the receiver will be required.

What can I send to Italy? What items are restricted?

With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a holiday suitcase however for security and customs reasons certain items are prohibited.

On EU standard services (not express) and all UK and US domestic services you may send:

  • Shower gel.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Other non flammable and non alcohol based liquids, pastes & gels for use on holiday.

Flammable liquids such as nail varnish, perfume, aftershave, liquid deodorant and aerosols are not permitted. If these items are included in your luggage it may be returned to you.

Whilst non alcohol based liquids are permitted, damage caused by leakage is not covered by complimentary cover and therefore only small amounts should be sent. If an x-ray shows liquids of any type security may stop your bag for inspection.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.

The following items are prohibited at all times:

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Alcohol based or Flammable Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type including, but not limited to, nail varnish, perfume & aftershave;
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any type of battery;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

In addition to the above when sending to Italy we prohibit the sending of:

  • Airline Tickets.
  • Antiques.
  • Cheques.
  • Non-prescription medications from outside of the European Union.

Items excluded from cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

About Italy

About Italy

Italy has distinct seasons, with hot summers, cool and cold winters (depending on the region) and mild temperatures in spring and autumn. In Italy the main language spoken is Italian, but English is also popular. There is so much to see and do in Italy that it’s hard to know where to start!

The Italian lakes, which include Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como and Lake Garda, are celebrity haunts and wonderful family holiday destinations - great if you like to get out and about and explore. If cities are more your cup of tea, Rome is a must, being so full of history. Then you have wonderful Venice with its Grand Canals. Or how about the stylish fashion capital, Milan? And you mustn’t forget the ancient city of Florence!

If getting out and about is more your thing, put your hiking boots on or get on your bike and explore Italy’s wonderful countryside, from the picturesque region of Tuscany - a fine food hotbed - to the rugged Amalfi Coast with hiking and trekking around Cinque Terre. In winter you mustn’t forget about the top ski resorts in Italy, including Cervinia, Passo Tonale, Livigno and Alagna.

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